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Under review for ESSP 2019. Some of the info might be good, some bad.
Medical emergencies take precedence over the rules.
All ESSP events at the Star Village site are limited to registered attendees. Please keep your ticket with you at all times.
Many attendees will be up until dawn to observe. Please keep all noise to an absolute minimum. Show consideration for your fellow observers. If you wish to have music while observing, please use headphones. There shall be no noise or music in the mornings before noon. Also, no electricity generators running from 1900 to noon the next day.
5 MPH speed limit. If it is dry it can get pretty dusty. Try to minimize dust wakes by driving slowly.
Children must be supervised at all times. There's a lot of expensive equipment for them to knock over or get hit by. Ouch, either way.
No alcohol is allowed, so says the Forest Service.
No fireworks are allowed. National Forest Service rules.
Smoke well away from other people, optics or community tents. When lighting up avoid creating any light pollution. Be mindful of the direction of the wind and where your smoke may travel. Put ashes into a safe ashtray to prevent a wildfire.
No discharging of firearms is allowed in or near the dark sky site. National Forest Service rules.
You are responsible for your own security. However, there will be hosts at the dark sky site at all times.
On arrival at the Star Village site, you will be shown the camping sites. By permit these are the ONLY approved designated areas. Plan to arrive BEFORE 1800 so that you may drive to your site to unload, otherwise you will need to park in the parking lot and carry everything to your site or set up there for the night. Gate for cars closes at 1900 nightly.
Early arrivers (i.e. anyone planning to camp before Tuesday), should know that Star Village is on US Forest Service land available to the public. ESSP has a paid permit for the star party week to the arrange camp and RV sites to the benefit of all observers. Use the Star Village map on the MAPS page to pick a spot close to the action...or to avoid that spot. Fences and signs and whatnot will appear a day or two before the start of the party.
No campfires are permitted. Too much light.
No pets are allowed at ESSP events, except for registered service animals, which must be kept on a six-foot leash at all times. The leash is a Forest Service requirement. There is a boarding kennel in Socorro. Black Dog Boarding Kennel.
There shall be no white light at night. The following restrictions are in effect from the beginning to the end of astronomical twilight:
Vehicle headlights, parking lights, brake lights and interior dome lights
must remain off at all times. Remove fuses or equip interior lights with red
filters or red bulbs if you intend to open your car doors near the observing
Trailer and camper lights must remain off unless there is sufficient shielding installed on windows and doors to prevent light from being seen outside. Use red filters to minimize light polution.
Lanterns and other forms of outside area lighting are not permitted. Smokers should try to shield their lighters.
Personal flashlights must be equipped with red filters or red bulbs.
Those who wish to drive vehicles away from the observing area after dark must park in the parking area designated for that purpose before dark. Those who park inside the observing areas may not move their vehicles after nightfall.
We are guests of the village of Magdalena and the National Forest Service. Please leave all ESSP areas clean and free of garbage and debris. Clean up and dispose of trash in the containers provided. Please do not throw cigarette butts on the ground. Be kind to the ground (no unnecessary tire tracks, etc.)!
A little reading material at www.enchantedskies.org/essp/files/StarPartyEtiquette.pdf from Amateur Astronomy Magazine at www.amateurastronomy.com.